The CIES Football Observatory have used their statistics and data to compile a list of the players who were bought for too much in comparison with their true value.
Here is the top five, along with how overpriced they actually were (via Metro):
5. Arda Turan £11.1m (Atletico Madrid to Barcelona)
The 28-year-old was a pivotal part of Diego Simeone’s side for four years, helping them win the La Liga title, and reach the Champions League final in 2014. Nevertheless, his £24m move to Barcelona (via Guardian) saw the Catalan giants pay £11.1m too much for him. To make matters worse, Barca’s transfer ban means he won’t be able to play for his new club until January.
4. Angel Di Maria £11.2m (Manchester United to Paris Saint-Germain)
After a disappointing year at Old Trafford, United may have been stunned when PSG offered £44.3m for the Argentinian (via BBC Sport), and it turns out that they would have every right to be surprised by the French side’s offer judging by his actual value.
3. Christian Benteke £13m (Aston Villa to Liverpool)
Aston Villa could probably smell Liverpool’s desperation for a new striker when they started sniffing around their injury-prone front man. That desperation may have prompted the Reds to pay over the odds to trigger the Belgian’s £32.5m release clause (via BBC Sport), but fans of the Merseyside outfit will not complain if he can succeed where Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini, and Rickie Lambert all failed.
2. Kevin De Bruyne £19.4m (Wolfsburg to Manchester City)
It appears that even ten goals and 20 assists in one season is not enough to justify paying £55m to bring Kevin De Bruyne to Man City (via Independent). In fact, the one-time Chelsea flop should have cost nearly £20m less.
1. Anthony Martial £20.4m (Monaco to Manchester United)
What makes this overpayment all the more incredible is that the Red Devils could end up paying £58.8m for the 19-year-old (via Metro), which would mean that United have actually paid over £40m over Martial’s true value.
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